Wow, what a crazy few weeks we have had in our house. My son’s pre-school got shut down for operating without a license. Lovely. I keep waiting for someone to come in and shut down my blog for that reason, but so far so good. We finally found a place that would take him, but it’s located on the other side of the county, and I’m currently spending several hours per day on school drop-offs and pick-ups.
I should seriously look into homeschooling. Just kidding! I can’t even remember to pay my credit card bill, and you think I could teach a child? Homeschooling moms and dads, hats off to you. Why am I telling you all this? Because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I darn please! It’s my party, I can rant if I want to.
Anyway, back to the reason for my post, aka travel packing essentials. One of hotel chain representatives has reached out to me and asked if I would do a short write-up on this subject. This is not a sponsored post, and I was not compensated (obviously, since I’m not naming the chain). Plus, do you think I would include a rant? But I thought it was a good idea. We all know how stressful it can be when you forget an important item while traveling with kids. Anyway, this was in the email:
“I wanted to get your opinion on must-haves for staying at a hotel.
Packing can be stressful, especially when essentials are forgotten at home. So I want to know two things:
1. What overnight travel items are special necessities for you? For me, it’s a book to read; for my daughter, it’s her favorite stuffed animal.
2. What are the top 3 ideal hospitality items you wish a hotel would provide? Maybe a phone charger should be made available in your room!
In a post on your blog, I would love to read your take on these travel essentials: what’s special in your luggage, and what do you wish you could leave at home? “
So, I’m hoping you, the readers, will chime in as well. Anything that can make family travel (and life) less stressful is a good thing in my book. Let me start out with my own answers:
1. For me personally, my pillow and noise machine ( I use Marsona) are critical. It could potentially ruin my trip if I forgot those two items. For my kids, it would have to be their favorite blankets.
2. It would be nice if all hotels had fans (to create noise and cool off a room in case of a/c failure), toys for kids and child-size comforters. Honorable mention: Pacifiers. Am I right?
OK, readers, now it’s your turn!